COP President Links Healthy Amazon To Food Security

Peru’s economy and culture flow from the living ecosystems of the Amazon and the Andes, and its people are among the most environmentally aware in the world. But even they don’t fully appreciate the degree to which they depend on the forest they love for food, security, and health, says Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

“We are still not completely aware of how the Amazonia ecosystem supports water, energy, food and health security,” he said as he promoted the Amazonia Security Agenda, a report authored last year by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), with support from the Climate & Development Knowledge Network and Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano.

It’s an endorsement that carries plenty of weight, especially with the country hosting both the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) and the 20th Katoomba Meeting this year, making Pulgar-Vidal president of the COP as well.

“[The report is] fundamental for decision makers in order for them to take action and make policies that aim to preserve the sustainable use of these resources and services,” he said. “The concept of security is fundamental for improving decision-makers awareness of the implications of the threats to the provision of services, resources and ecosystem services.”

You can download the full report here.

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Steve Zwick

I edit Ecosystem Marketplace, which is a news service focused on environmental finance. With this blog, I hope to offer coverage that is a bit lighter and more holistic than what we offer on EM.

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